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Policies & Procedures

All MPA and MAIR students should refer frequently to their class handbooks, available here as PDFs.  Students may also refer to the PAIA and Executive Student Blackboard Group at http://blackboard.syr.edu.

Also available online is the current year Academic Calendar and current and/or upcoming Course Listings.

Procedures and Forms

On this page, PAIA students may find forms, instructions, and other information related to common questions about registration, course planning, and other Maxwell School policies. For more information, please consult either the MPA Handbook or MAIR Handbook.

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Auditing Courses

Independent Study Proposals

Billing Information

Late-Adding A Course

Course Planning Forms

Maintaining Full-Time Student Status

Diploma Requests

Off-Campus Studies & Training

Graduation Procedures

Registering for College of Law Courses

Incomplete Grades

Transferring Credits


Auditing Courses

Download instructions on how to audit graduate and undergraduate courses here. Students seeking to audit undergraduate languages to fulfill the MAIR foreign language requirement must also complete the MAIR Language Form. *Note that university auditing procedures have recently changed, please consult Janis in the PAIA office for more information.*

Billing Information

Billing for graduate study is handled by the  Bursar OfficeDownload information about billing processes here.

Course Planning Forms

It is recommended that students meet with the Associate Director of Student Services to help plan their course load and schedule. MAIR students can download program of study checklists as part of the MAIR Handbook.  For students who entered prior to 2013, please contact the PAIA Office for more information.  MPA students should consult course checklists in the MPA Handbook.

Diploma Requests

PAIA students can request a diploma online via MySlice.

Emails and Phone Numbers

Students seeking to find faculty emails and phone numbers should use the Syracuse University Directory, found at directory.syr.edu.

Graduation Procedures

For more information on how to prepare for graduation, please visit our " Graduation Procedures" page. 

Incomplete Grades

Students requesting an incomplete grade for a graduate course must complete a " Request for Incomplete Grade" form.

Independent Study Proposals

For more about the purpose and procedures for independent study proposals, please consult either the MPA Handbook2017-2018 MPA Handbook_7.13.17 or MAIR Handbook Download an Independent Study Proposal here.

Late-Adding A Course

Download instructions on how to late-add a course after the university "Add/Drop" deadline. 

Maintaining Full-Time Student Status

Students enrolled in fewer than nine credits per (fall or spring) term are consider part time students. As this status may affect financial aid, loan repayment, and visa status, among other issues, students may wish to be certified as a full-time student.  Download instructions for this certification, and the university's " Certification of Full-Time Status" form.

Off-Campus Studies & Training (Domestic & International)

Any students doing practical training such as internships or other studies in a location other than Syracuse University's campus in Syracuse, New York, need to follow the Requirements for Off-Campus Studies Guide. Here is also a quick reference to forms needed for Global Programs.

Registering for College of Law Courses

In order to register for courses offered in the Syracuse University College of Law, students must obtain email permission from the instructor.  Once received, this permission is then sent to J. Zack Kelley, Director of Technical systems at the College of Law.  The student will then be registered. 

Transferring Credits

Students seeking to transfer graduate credits from other institutions, including the College of Law and other Syracuse University Colleges, must complete a " Petition to Faculty" form.